The 500-year-old Lutheran intellectual tradition lives on in higher education supported by our Synod's mission dollars. There are 26 colleges and universities affiliated with the ELCA that offer both undergraduate and graduate education in the best of liberal arts, pre-professional and professional education. Some schools, projects, programs and campus ministries abroad are supported exclusively by the Slovak Zion Synod, and have been further developed over the years due to our commitment to our grounding in mission and Proclaiming the Love of Christ. These ministries are dedicated to the freedom of inquiry and the development the whole person. Thanks to your support, students are educated for a sense of calling or vocation, opening the path toward a meaningful life of contribution to the common good through whatever career they choose.
If you are a parent or student exploring higher education, know that there is a place for you at ELCA colleges and universities. The cost of college can be daunting, but admissions counselors and financial aid advisers at our institutions will help you find a way to afford a school that fits you the best. In fact, the cost of attending an ELCA school is typically no more — and often less — than the cost of attending most public colleges and universities, especially since completing a degree in the normal length of time can be difficult or impossible at public institutions. Once enrolled in an ELCA college or university, you will discover why graduates before you have consistently rated their educational experiences as high or higher than Lutheran alumni of public colleges.